NIS America president Takuro Yamishita was apologetic today following remarks to MCV in which he seemingly took aim at Sony's relationship with "small publishers" like NIS. In a statement, Yamashita said he had given MCV "insider information" that would "make them interested in the overall conversation, and such lip service did not stand on the side of truth."
In his original remarks to MCV, Yamashita talked about the decision to make the physical version of SNK Heroines a Switch exclusive, with the PS4 version being digital only. This was part of a larger shift toward the Switch, Yamshita told MCV.
"We're starting to do more on Nintendo Switch. SNK Heroines is not the only one," Yamashita said at the time. "They support us in a good way. Compared to that, Sony is not friendly with small publishers like us. They just care about big Japanese companies. Also, if we simultaneously release a Switch version and a PS4 version of the same title, currently the sales trend is two to one."
Yamashita subsequently reaffirmed his support for the digital-only PS4 version while apologizing to both SNK and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The full statement follows below:
"I must extend my most heartfelt apology to SNK and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The truth is that the Nintendo Switch exclusive plan was originally decided by NIS America, and only later among discussions with influential SNK people did we decide the best option moving forward would be to have as much exposure as possible. This is why that in the end, we are bringing the PS4 version of SNK HEROINES to the market, and even supported this version at the NISA Press Event and in the press meetings in February and March."
In discussing matters with MCV, I thought that some insider information would make them interested in the overall conversation, and such lip service did not stand on the side of truth.
Once again, I apologize to SNK and Sony if it made them seem negative towards the PS4 platform in any way, and stress that the original goal of a "Nintendo Switch exclusive" version of SNK HEROINES came from NISA.”
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is the new fighting game in question, which focuses exclusively on the female characters from SNK's long line of arcade fighters. It will be out September 7 on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.